The Parramatta Junior Rugby League and Kellyville Bushrangers JRLFC have been awarded Good Sports Awards by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF).
The pair won the Leadership in Sport award and Junior Club of the Year respectively in the national field of nominees.
The Good Sports Awards recognise and celebrate the passionate clubs and people who inspire healthy and strong sporting communities across Australia.
The program works with more than 8000 clubs across the country, making it Australia’s largest preventative health program.
Parramatta Junior Rugby League has been working with Good Sports for more than three years and every club is a Good Sports accredited club, helping to provide healthier and safer environments for 7500 players.
It is also a big supporter of the Good Sports Tacking Illegal Drugs Program.
Club general manager Matt Brady said the league has worked hard to ensure an inclusive environment.
“Parramatta Junior Rugby League takes pride in assisting Good Sports to build a healthier sporting nation, we are proud to be a part of this great program,” he said.
The Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s New South Wales Manager Dr Lisa Simone congratulated Parramatta Junior Rugby League for its exceptional efforts in supporting its clubs to build healthier environments that create stronger communities.
“A huge congratulations to Parramatta Junior Rugby League for going above and beyond the requirements of the Good Sports program,” Dr Lisa Simone said.
“Through partnerships with Good Sports, Parramatta Junior Rugby League has proven how much it cares about its clubs and the health and wellbeing of their members.”
Parramatta Junior Rugby League club the Kellyville Bushrangers JRLFC was the Good Sports Junior Club of the Year.
The club won for inspiring positive change through the creation of a healthier, safer place for juniors to play sport, and strengthening their club in the process. The club receives $1,000 for its achievement.
Club secretary James Power said it was an important role sport plays in shaping attitudes of young people.
“At the Bushrangers we want to be the role models for the future of community sport,” he said.